HoverBars - We Don't Make Hoverboards, We Make Them Safer.
HoverBars is a hoverboard accessory that allows you to hold on while you hover & has safety wheels that steady you before a fall.
GET A HANDLE ON YOUR HOVER.
- Safety wheels decrease falls and increase your cool factor at the same time
- Shorten the learning curve and lengthen your smile
- Handle assisted steering keeps you moving in the right direction - which is not toward the ground
SAFETY FIRST NEVER COMES SECOND.
HoverBars are the brainchild of two men: Dr. Jason Rosenberg, a neurologist and Rob Honeycutt, co-founder and chief visionary of a manufacturing safety equipment company.
HOVERBARS WORKS IN 3 WAYS TO IMPROVE SAFETY
1. BALANCE Our patent-pending handles support your upper body so you can concentrate on controlling the hoverboard with your lower body.
2. CONTROL The handles also act as a secondary device to assist in initiating turns.
3. STABILITY The adjustable outriggers allow you to adjust the height of the safety wheels. This way you can raise them as you learn or keep them safely on the ground for maximum stability.
SAFER BY DESIGN.
Prototype Design Phase 1 - Codename: Spider Legs
The theory was to create more contact points with a central weight distribution. The exposed issue was fitment across differing models of hoverboards.
Prototype Design Phase 2 - Codename: Linkage
Moving forward with an “outrigger” base, linkages allowed us to design for multiple hoverboard models in one solution.
Prototype Design Phase 3 - Improvement Phase
The idea for handles is born. Looking for additional balance support, we added handles. The bonus result became additional steering control. A conceptual prototype was created and testing officially began.
Prototype Design Phase 4 - Continuous Improvement
We started exploring the aesthetics and how they affected the structure. This was also the beginning of material testing and a round of 3D printed prototyping.
Prototype Design Phase 5 - Testing
Material testing and budgeting began to shape our plan for creating the most current prototypes that are made with both aluminum and plastic.
Final HoverBars Design
This instructional animation shows the simplicity of attachment and the action created by usage
CONTROLLABLE HOVERING. UNCONTROLLABLE FUN.
The handles are designed to support your upper body while you figure out how your hoverboard works. They also can steer it in case your feet don’t quite coordinate what your mind is telling them to do. In addition, we implemented outriggers to stabilize the hoverboard to keep you from falling back or forward. Think of them as training wheels. But, just like training wheels, there will come a time when you’re ready to adjust them higher and hover more freely. Never remove them though, that’s just asking for a broken tailbone.
WE DON'T MAKE HOVERBOARDS. WE MAKE HOVERBOARDS SAFER.
HoverBars works with these popular styles of Hoverboards.
THE PROGRESSION OF FUN.
Risks and challenges
Our experience in manufacturing and our drive to make Hoverboards safer gives us all the confidence needed to ensure we will be able to deliver this product. Our track record thus far adds to that confidence.
In only June of last year we brainstormed about how to make Hoverboards safer. In August we put pen to paper, well, engineer to CAD. By December, we had a prototype. It was 3D printed, but that turned out to be too weak. So, by February we had milled aluminum prototypes. This process proved we had the resources for both speed to market and quality assurance.
With all that being said, we believe the only risk to keep this project from delivery would be a zombie apocalypse. And we're pretty sure that won't happen.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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